What has NICE said?

NICE recommends aflibercept injection as a possible treatment for some people with wet age-related macular degeneration (see below).

Who can have aflibercept injection?

You should be able to have aflibercept injection as long as it is used in the same way that NICE recommends that ranibizumab (another drug for wet age-related macular degeneration) is used in its guidance Pegaptanib and ranibizumab for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

Why has NICE said this?

NICE looks at how well treatments work, and also at how well they work in relation to how much they cost the NHS. NICE recommended aflibercept because it works about as well as ranibizumab and the differences in the total costs were very small.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities.

Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.

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